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14 Jul 1945
  • USS Trepang rescued down US Navy airman Lieutenant (junior grade) Bill Kingston from the water. ww2dbase [Trepang | CPC]
  • The US Seventh Air Force was assigned under the Far East Air Forces. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer HMCS St. Francis, while under tow to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sank off Sagonnet Point, Rhode Island, United States after colliding with transport Winding Gulf. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Escort carrier Rabaul was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Glennon was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho received orders to transit the Shimonoseki Strait for Moji, Japan, but the order was repeatedly delayed due to US air attacks. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the war-time rank of lieutenant general and was given temporary command of British IV Corps in Burma. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
  • Corvettes HMCS Chilliwack and Fredericton were decommissioned at Sorel, Quebec, Canada. ww2dbase [Sorel, Quebec | CPC]
  • Corvette HMCS Fergus was decommissioned at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. ww2dbase [Sydney, Nova Scotia | CPC]
  • The French celebrated Bastille Day for the first time since 1940. ww2dbase [TH]
Germany Hawaii Japan
  • American battleships USS South Dakota, USS Indiana, and USS Massachusetts and escorting destroyers bombarded Kamaishi, Honshu, Japan; the primary target was the Kamaishi Works of the Japan Iron Company, but several destroyers shells overshot the target and hit the town, killing many civilians; battleship shells were more accurate, destroying about 65% of the industrial complex, but they also killed many civilians; this was the first time the Japanese home islands were subjected to naval bombardment. To the north, the sinking of 6 warships and 37 steamers on the ferry route between Honshu and Hokkaido islands effectively cut off the latter from the rest of the home islands. At Kure in southern Japan, aircraft of US Navy TF 38 damaged carrier Amagi, carrier Katsuragi, and battleship Haruna; at Misawa in northern Japan, G4M bombers that were assigned to partake the planned Operation Ken, which sought to deliver 300 suicide commandos to the Mariana Islands, were destroyed (the American would not know of Operation Ken until after the war). The carriers were escorted by a large naval force that included battleship USS Missouri. Far to the south, the USAAF XXI Bomber Command canceled a long-range P-51 raid from Iwo Jima to attack Meiji and Kagamigahara near Nagoya due to poor weather. ww2dbase [Shangri-La | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Massachusetts | South Dakota | Haruna | Katsuragi | Amagi | Missouri | Indiana | Preparations for Invasion of Japan | Kamaishi, Iwate | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 174 was completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Hideo Hirota was made the commanding officer of I-503 (formerly Comandante Cappellini) and I-504 (formerly Luigi Torelli). ww2dbase [Luigi Torelli | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
  • German submarine UIT-24 was commissioned into Japanese service in Kobe, Japan as I-503 under the command of Lieutenant Hideo Hirota. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
Pacific Ocean Photo(s) dated 14 Jul 1945
Augusta in North Sea, 14 Jul 1945, as she carried Truman on his way to take part in the Potsdam conference; note cruiser PhiladelphiaBattleship Indiana, battleship Massachusetts, and cruiser Quincy bombarding Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan, 14 Jul 1945Warships Indiana, Massachusetts, Chicago, and Quincy steaming in a column off Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan, 14 Jul 1945US Army Lieutenant A. H. Hadden and his staff working on passes issued to participants of the Potsdam Conference, Germany, 14 Jul 1945
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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